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Nicole Kidman on Babies, Breakups, and Life With Keith
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Nicole Kidman on Babies, Breakups, and Life With Keith

January 2015

Elle
January 2015

In ELLE’s January issue, Nicole Kidman, star of the upcoming film Paddington, speaks candidly about what life is really like right now—from having babies on the brain, to Keith and the kids, to dealing with hard times and criticism—plus much more.

On Kubrick, Cruise and Eyes Wide Shut:
She credits the legendary Stanley Kubrick, who directed her and Cruise in 1999’s Eyes Wide Shut, for encouraging her: “He would always say, ‘You’re a character actress, Nicole. Don’t play leading ladies. Go and find the character roles.'” In fact, she says, she loved working with Kubrick so much that she didn’t mind the famously drawn-out, two-year shoot…and neither did her then husband. “We loved it. Everyone thought that was when our marriage started to break down—not at all. That movie was a great part of our life together, and I’m glad we have it.”

On getting pregnant again:
“I had my last one at 43. My grandmother had her last at 49. Every month, I’m like, ‘I hope I’m pregnant!”’

On tying the knot with Keith Urban after a month of dating:
“I’m spontaneous. I jump in. I kind of like getting married and then getting to know each other; I know that it sounds incredibly strange, but to me, it’s a more natural process.”

On filming Eyes Wide Shut with Tom Cruise:
“We loved it. Everyone thought that was when our marriage started to break down — not at all. That movie was a great part of our life together, and I’m glad we have it.”

Sheryl Crowe on Nicole’s public image:
“I think that she has been very poised throughout her public life, and sometimes people will misconstrue that; they see her as being an ice queen. The kind of scrutiny she’s been subjected to can’t be comfortable, and she’s dealt with it by being very careful — that’s what gives people the wrong idea. She’s not someone we’re going to see out paddle-boarding in a G-string; she doesn’t set up situations where she’s playing to the paparazzi. She’s more old-school than that. She’s not that kind of movie star.”

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